Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 7pm, Music Building, $20
I C H A E L U N N I N G H A M
with Leonard Lopate
is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the works of fiction A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours, Specimen Days, and, most recently, By Nightfall, which is forthcoming in the fall of 2010. Booklist has said of By Nightfall: “In his most concentrated novel, a bittersweet paean to human creativity and its particularly showy flourishing in hothouse Manhattan, virtuoso and Pulitzer winner Cunningham entwines eroticism with aesthetics to orchestrate a resonant crisis of the soul, drawing inspiration from Henry James and Thomas Mann…The result is an exquisite, slyly witty, warmly philosophical, and urbanely eviscerating tale of the mysteries of beauty and desire, art and delusion, age and love.” The Detroit Free Press has said: “Cunningham writes beautifully about relationships, living and dying, and love…it’s hard not to audibly gasp with both pleasure and shock.” The Yale Book Review has said: “With The Hours, Cunningham has done the impossible: he has taken a canonical work of literature and, in reworking it, made it his own…. Cunningham’s portrait of [Virginia] Woolf is heartbreaking.” The Chicago Tribune has said: “[Cunningham’s] language is always on key, unfailing and measured, rich without sating, and haunting in the way Woolf’s is. It is resonant with the suggestiveness of suppressed desires and unexpressed needs.” Kirkus has described the work of Mr. Cunningham as “one of the most important literary achievements of the new century.” The Los Angeles Times has described Mr. Cunningham as “one of our very best writers.”
In addition to reading from his work, Mr. Cunningham will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Michael Cunningham: Richard Phibbs